Sunday, September 18, 2011

Karilyn Bentley, Magical Lover

Title: Magical Lover

Author: Karilyn Bentley

Rating: Three And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: Fantasy

Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance

Keywords: Faery Rose, Dragons, Shape-Shifters, Spicy

Page Count: 278

ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-962-8

Price: $6.25

ISBN for Print: 978-1601549624

Price: $13.99

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


Reviewer: Cia


In a world where men can become dragons, Thoren is one of the most powerful. As a shape-shifting Draconi, Thoren wants nothing more than to continue searching for Halfling children and returning them to Draconia. The last thing he wants or needs is a mate—until he meets Keara, an outcast unaware of the power that lies within her.

Keara doesn't know what to make of Thoren or of the magic he practices. She learned early to keep her magic hidden—her witchy red hair and green eyes are burden enough. When Thoren offers his hand in place of a forced marriage with Lord Simon, Keara jumps at the chance to leave her town behind. But she fears Thoren will shun her when he discovers the truth about her abilities.

Can Thoren convince Keara she is his lifemate, or will her secret talent be the wedge that drives them apart?


Magical Lover by Karilyn Bentley led me into the lives of the Draconi and the lost Halflings searched for by Thoren and his Watcher. The story is filled with magic and intrigue. I fully loved the world build and the beautiful descriptive settings, along with the varied dragons. I felt for Keara growing up believing she was nothing but the spawn of evil. I enjoyed that her spirit wasn’t crushed and that she followed her gift of healing instead of turning from it with all the negativity around her. When Thoren came into the picture I imagined them finding peace together and then the villains came into view. I disliked Lord Simon but more than that I disliked the rogue Draconi and hoped he’d be dealt with. Further in the story we learn more about Keara and her gifts, we learn of her heritage and how she’s welcomed into the family fold. The passion between Thoren and Keara burned the pages, when they gave into their desires and needs.

In the end the story was good. I waited for the rogue to be caught since he was the major danger in their lives who had made it past numeral wards. I found the lack of closure disappointing and his getting away scott free after his heinous crimes implausible. I checked to see if this was a series and came up empty handed. All of the greatness seemed to fade with this one part left undone. Reading a story of this length was disappointing in that regard. Though I was pleased to see the hero and heroine have their happy ending.

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